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Borrego Springs, CA

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fixed the ‘Aw Shucks!’ today

If you read my post from last night, you know that I was a little down in the dumps about the problems with my telephoto lens.  For the last several years I’ve been wishing that I had a second camera body so that each of my lenses had their own camera, and I wouldn’t have to keep switching the lenses back and forth.  Well, after thinking about it overnight, I decided there really wasn’t any reason why I couldn’t purchase that second camera.  So this morning I was off on a 100 mile journey to Virginia Beach to get to the nearest Best Buy.

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I ended up purchasing a new Canon Rebel T3 and a new telephoto lens.  The Rebel was on sale, and I got half off on the lens for buying it at the same time.  That put the cost of the lens less than what I paid for a used one two years ago, and I’m sure it was less than it would have cost to have the old telephoto repaired.

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Now I won’t have to worry so much about getting dust and debris in the camera workings because of having to change the lens so often.  (I’m pretty good at rationalizing my decisions.  Smile)  The placement of the buttons on the back is a little different than my Rebel XS, so I’ll be spending the next couple of days getting familiar with it.  This camera also has video capabilities, but I’m not sure how much I’ll use that feature.  I’m charging up the battery right now, so I won’t be able to try it out until tomorrow.  Of course, the battery and charging unit have changed over the older version so I’ll have a few more items to keep track of.  And yes, I will only use the view finder, not that screen for taking pictures.

On the way back from Best Buy I was trying to outrace the storms that were rolling into the area.  I almost succeeded. 

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I had to stop at several fresh farm markets along the way though, so that slowed my progress.  Picked up a couple of tasty looking tomatoes and…

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some peach cider.  I’ve never had that before, but a taste of a free sample convinced me that I needed some to take home.

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In all of my travels in the last six years, I really haven’t purchased any bumper stickers to put on the car.  I’m making an exception for the Outer Banks.  I certainly have enjoyed both of my extended visits here, so I broke down and put this on the trunk of the car the other day.  With all the dusty gravel roads I travel, and the rain we’ve had, I guess I ought to wash the car.  Sad smile

I had a message on my cell phone when I got home asking if I’d be able to work tomorrow afternoon at Gateway VC.  It seems the person scheduled to work can’t make it, so I said I’d do it.  That gives me the morning to check out the new camera.  I’m a much happier camper tonight…

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

30 comments:

  1. Well, that's the way I usually fix my camera problems too!!! Ha ha! I've got the Rebel T3i (same camera with the rotating LCD). Originally got it as a spare camera body but have liked it so much that it's now about the only one I ever use!

    Have fun with it and tell those bears to smile pretty!!

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  2. Yay! Looking forward to more excellent photos.

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  3. I'm glad that you "fixed" your camera for your sake, but for selfish reasons, as well. Love your pictures!

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  4. My husband always used 2 or more cameras. One had the larger longer lens on it, and the other one was for more everyday pictures I guess. I gave all of the camera equipment to my daughter cause I don't like carrying it around. He had an assortment of filters and other gadgets, too. Filled two camera bags plus more stuff in a drawer at home. He always carried those big bags around when we traveled.

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  5. Congrats on the new camera & lens. It is the exact same reason I decided to go with two camera bodies as well a few years back. Lot of fine desert dust in the south-west so switching lenses back & forth didn't make a whole lot of practical sense to me. And, no more fumbling to get one lens off & another on. As you well know, with nature photography, a few seconds lost can mean a great shot lost. When hiking, I carry both cameras. Yes, there is a weight factor but small price to pay for quality photos. And, I'm glad to see you stuck with a DSLR. When one enjoys photography as much as you & I do.....it's the only way to go:))

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  6. Glad to hear you're a happy camper. That camera & lens looks really cool. We'll be seeing some great pictures, right? I've never had peach cider....never even heard of it, in fact.

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  7. Congrats on the new camera. I too am a two camera person and it sure makes it a lot easier to switch back and forth. Enjoy and we'll all be looking forward to your new pics.

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  8. Congratulations on your new addition. I can't wait to see how you'll make that baby sing!!! Have fun experimenting with it.

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  9. Congrats on your new camera and lens ... have fun learning the differences b/w the old and the new. I've always had two cameras, so I wouldn't have to switch lenses. It adds to the amount of stuff you have to carry around, but it pays off when you don't have to switch lenses.

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  10. So happy for you!! Looking forward to seeing the pictures from your new camera!

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  11. Congrats on the new camera. I just recently upgrade my Rebel Xsi to a Rebel T3i....Rebels are great little cameras!! I gave my Xsi to one of my sons who is now enjoying it as much as I did. I almost always use my telephoto lens so I didn't really see the need for two bodies....although maybe when I finally get a macro lens, I'll wish I had a second!

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  12. Your photos are already amazing. Not sure how much better the can get with the new camera, but I can't wait to see them. Good luck.

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  13. I think yours is sound reasoning not rationalization and so do other commenters. For real rationalization try "it's only money" and "you can't take it with you". They both work great for me!! :-))

    Looking forward as always to your great pictures.

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  14. congrats on your new purchase!!..it was a smart decision!!

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  15. So glad you got a new camera - you certainly deserve it!! Never heard of peach cider but I bet I would buy some too if I found it. I love peaches.

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  16. Good reasoning! Plus, we were getting tired of not seeing bears with corn cobs, or fluffy birds up-close. We have come to have high standards for you.

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  17. I knew you would see this as an opportunity to get a new camera:)

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  18. Looks like a great camera, can't wait to see the pictures. Enjoy!

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  19. How nice of you to treat all of us to more excellent photos, Judy. ;-) Your new camera sounds like a fine purchase.

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  20. That is the camera I have been drooling over. :( have fun with it and I know I will enjoy looking at your photos as always.

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  21. It's always exciting to get a new camera, looking forward to seeing more of your famous pictures. Anything peach is always a good bet.

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  22. Glad you fixed your problem. I find that usually throwing money at a problem helps it to go away. :)

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  23. That's usually the way I "fix" my computer problems! Ha! Life is short and all of that!

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  24. I like your reasoning and the new camera!

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  25. Great choice on your new camera - it's a beauty. With all the bird and other wild life photos you take I can readily appreciate why you want a good telephoto lens. Good reasoning too, I think I'll go look for a hammer to give my old camera a little tune-up.

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  26. Yep...when all else fails, get fresh. Being a "happy camper" is much more fun..Looking forward to your photos.

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  27. After 28 others, what can we say? Have fun with the new camera.

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  28. butterbean carpenterSeptember 25, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Howdy Judy & Emma,
    Now that you've got a NEW CAMERA would you try it out on 'our' puppy?? We don't see enuff of Emma or you!!! You & Al are really great nature photographers!!! Sure do enjoy your 'shots'!!! Just not enuff of Emma!!!

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